About Participation


VFA -- a clear, consistent, and effective way to measure 

student progress & outcomes and institutional effectiveness

For too long, community colleges have been pegged to measures that fail to capture how we are serving our students and our missions. IPEDS graduation rates do not include​​ a large percentage of our students. The critically important workforce and non-credit education afforded by our sector is often overlooked and the quality of the education and training given to our students is misrepresented and underestimated.​​​​​ Your​​ participation in the VFA is critical. The more community colleges that join, the stronger our voice will be.
Joining is easy. Activate your participation.
  • The VFA measures are mission-aligned and comprehensive.
  • The VFA data tool is secure, easy-to-use, and useful.
  • As an AACC member college, your benefits include tools to submit data and up to 7 Outcomes' reports.
  • Take a look inside the VFA (coming soon, but here's a PowerPoint VFA Demo in the meantime​).

Colleges are using the VFA to:
  • Develop department and college strategic plans.
  • Benchmark to peer colleges or to colleges in their state.
  • Shape state-level performance formulas and planning.
  • Respond to local, state, and national calls for accountability.
  • Streamline IR work and clean-up on-campus data systems.
  • Tell the community college story.​

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ACTIVATE Participation

Questions? See below or contact us at VFA@aacc.nche.edu.​
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